We all experience life through our senses: visual, auditory, touch, oral, taste, position and movement. Sensory information comes from our own body and the environment around us. Each of us has a unique sensory profile.
A sensory profile provides a specific approach to understanding the way an individual responds to sensory information in their environment. Sensory profiles use a research-based framework to determine how sensitive an individual is to the input of sound, visual images, movement, smells, taste and textures.
People with autism and other intellectual disabilities may have an atypical sensory processing capacity. This means the way they process sensory input may make it difficult for them to process in a particular environment.
How is sensory profiling done?
A sensory profile is conducted by an occupational therapist. Using an assessment tool, they will determine how sensitive an individual is to various types of sensory information.
The assessment involves observing the client and includes an interview with a parent or carer who knows the individual well.
The assessment takes one and a half (1.5) to two (2) hours to complete.
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